Paranoia Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, NoMad, NY

Paranoia means having a strong feeling that others are out to get you. It’s often part of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and it is difficult to recognize because it feels so real. Fortunately, the expert psychiatric team at Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead and the Financial District in New York has the paranoia solutions that you need to see things as they really are. Arrange your appointment by phone or through the online scheduler anytime.

Paranoia Q & A


What is paranoia?

Paranoia is an overpowering feeling or belief that others are out to get you. When you're paranoid, you may feel like others are conspiring against you, threatening you, or persecuting you. Paranoia is a facet of many different mental conditions, but it's most common in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and delusional disorder.

How is paranoia different than a delusion?

Because paranoia often occurs as part of psychotic disorders, many paranoia sufferers also suffer from symptoms like delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized thinking. While similar in some ways, paranoia is different than each of these things.

Delusions

Delusions are what can come after paranoia, at least if you don't get help. With paranoia, you have thoughts that others may be trying to hurt you, but when you're delusional you truly believe that others are doing these things.

You may even have complex theories about your delusions, and you could believe that your theories are absolute proof that they're true. In your mind, delusions are reality, and even solid evidence can't convince you otherwise.

Hallucinations

With paranoia, the problem is in your thinking, but with hallucinations, you actually see, hear, or smell something that's not real. Paranoia and hallucinations may exist at the same time in conditions like schizophrenia.

Disorganized thinking

Disorganized thinking means that you have a hard time following thoughts to completion, expressing yourself, or processing what you read or hear. Although paranoia may sometimes seem similar to disorganized thinking, the problems with disorganized thoughts aren’t necessarily connected to paranoia.

Paranoia, delusions, and all other symptoms of psychotic disorders are difficult to cope with because it’s hard to recognize the problem when you’re in the middle of it. The experienced care providers at Mindful Urgent Care can help.

How is paranoia treated?

Paranoia treatment starts with a diagnosis of the condition causing it. Diagnosis may involve testing, examinations, and a comprehensive medical history. Once your Mindful Urgent Care psychiatrist makes a diagnosis, you can start treatment right away.

Your treatment may include antipsychotic medication, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and other treatments customized for your needs.

With the Mindful Urgent Care team’s help, you can overcome paranoia and be your mental best again. Book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduler today.

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